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An LSC - Kingwood English class lecture on hunger and homelessness led to a service learning project that will benefit the community.

 
Daniel Tatarzyn, Lone Star College-Kingwood English professor, and his ENGL 0309 class utilized their discussion and passion to create The Tiny House Project, a service learning and civic engagement project. This housing will be transitional, so it can be utilized by many people for years to come
 
“The goal of the project was to encourage students to create a tangible benefit for the community,” Tatarzyn said. “We have students on campus who are currently homeless. It is my hope that houses like this could provide shelter for them in the future.”
 
The Tiny Project construction started in October and was completed in January. The 70-75-square-foot home is equipped with basic living amenities such as a composting toilet, shower, kitchen area with cooking appliances, refrigerator, A/C and heat, and a futon-style bed/couch. It also includes basic household items that were donated.

The home will be managed by Family Promise of Lake Houston, a non-profit organization that works with homeless families. It will identify individuals in need of temporary housing, screen the applicants and provide support and resources. If identified, Lone Star College students will have first priority to live in the house.
 
“We are in the process of interviewing potential individuals to live in the house. Our goal is to find a homeless veteran who will temporarily live in the home while we help them find permanent housing through Veteran Affairs,” said Carole Brady, executive director of Family Promise Lake Houston. “With the cost of apartments today, it is hard to find a decent place to stay while people get back on their feet. We want to help individuals navigate through available resources to help them find permanent homes.”

Family Promise Lake Houston will offer a variety of resources, such as budgeting and life skills classes, that will help the person become stable so they can thrive in their new lives. There is no time limit on the temporary housing; individuals will be treated on a case-by-case basis.
 
In addition to Tatarzyn and his students, Harold Zimmerman, a local carpenter, volunteered hundreds of hours of his time and was instrumental in the completion of the project. Lone Star College Promise Scholarship students, faculty, staff, and community members who are experts in various trades also donated their time to assist with the construction project.
 
“This initiative was brought about by college students and their professor. They saw the need in the community that was not being met and decided to do something about it,” Brady said. “The students have shown great leadership in solving a problem in a very forward-thinking way. This asks the question, ‘if college students can solve a problem, why can’t the community come together and do the same thing?’ We (Family Promise) are very excited to be a part of this project.”
 
The Tiny House was donated to an area church. For more information on the eligibility house, contact Family Promise of Lake Houston at 281-441-3754 or visit 


For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit 




Feb 10, 2017 - 03:10 pm
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That's a great project. Congrats to those students.

Feb 10, 2017 - 03:38 pm
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I have no idea why $20K-$80K perhaps is to cover not for one but for many. I haven't read it yet, maybe I will have an idea as to why thereafter.

Feb 10, 2017 - 04:05 pm
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Living off the grid. 🤐🤐🤐

How bout teaching them to get a edgamacation so they don't have to live in a shanty?


What a waste of lumber. If i were homeless I'd want a neoprene tent that would roll up. You start plopping down shacks on land you don't own the owner tends to get mad.


Go ahead get mad at me.

Feb 10, 2017 - 04:13 pm
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Living off the grid. 🤐🤐🤐

How bout teaching them to get a edgamacation so they don't have to live in a shanty?


What a waste of lumber. If i were homeless I'd want a neoprene tent that would roll up. You start plopping down shacks on land you don't own the owner tends to get mad.


Go ahead get mad at me.



@Ebola:

I was thinking the same thing, if i were homeless. I'd get a crappie van and live in that. I'd probably have more room than that shack could provide and can easily be parked in a single Walmart parking spot.


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isnt that a wood and lumber version of the travel trailer? i had a friend who worked in the city. the rents were so high, he just bought a travel trailer and paid a storage fee in a facility and lived in it

Feb 10, 2017 - 07:06 pm
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As a Veteran myself I have slept in 10X worse on duty. I would just present them to the military for Active Soldiers.

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I had a POS hut in Afghanistan, no AC and no windows. MF was about 100 degrees at night. Showers seldom worked.

Katrina, we slept out in the open in a framed shopping center with no roof for 5 months.

Slept in tents, cots, on the ground. Even in the USMC I had a room for 4 years with 3 other Marines could barely walk in that POS, maybe slightly double the size of this trailer.



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I think it'd be cheaper to use shipping containers & outfit them with second hand appliances, etc.

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I think it'd be cheaper to use shipping containers & outfit them with second hand appliances, etc.



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Love that idea


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I think it'd be cheaper to use shipping containers & outfit them with second hand appliances, etc.



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Shipping containers are not cheap and any modifications require a welder. This was probably a lot cheaper that then using a container and the house in the OP can be moved much easier.


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Why does everybody always gotta poopoo on a kind act. If you have a better way...do it.

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@coco1248, most likely it was for one.

If you ever watch the show Tiny Houses, on HGTV, these tiny houses are really expensive.  One dingbat family was looking for one for a family of 4.  And the cost was nearly 100K.  They were trying to save money.

They could have gotten a brand new single wide trailer for less and really saved money.  smh



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@coco1248, most likely it was for one.If you ever watch the show Tiny Houses, on HGTV, these tiny houses are really expensive.  One dingbat family was looking for one for a family of 4.  And the cost was nearly 100K.  They were trying to save money.They could have gotten a brand new single wide trailer for less and really saved money.  smh



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Lotta design work in those things - they want a tiny house that still has everything in it. Like living your life in a popup camper - about three weeks in you're ready to kill somebody. I can't watch that show. (Nothing against this project)


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I think it'd be cheaper to use shipping containers & outfit them with second hand appliances, etc.



@Zoey:

Shipping containers are not cheap and any modifications require a welder. This was probably a lot cheaper that then using a container and the house in the OP can be moved much easier.



@ExBlue:

I think it'd be great to build communities of shipping containers to house the homeless. There's a glut of those containers & the staggering amount of homeless in Austin & other cities could certainly use them.
I bought one once & it certainly was cheaper than new construction.
Encouraged by my lucky & generous KDC win,
think I'll go buy a lotto ticket & start a container city with my winnings.
If anyone ( Lol! Fat chance! ) would like to contribute, please pm me.


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